Saturday, 27 December 2008

Merry go Round

Jump on our merry go round and join a group of artists/crafts-women as they link hands around the world and tell you a little about their lives in art a

We are group of 8 women from all over the world
, we have got together in what would constitute an example of peaceful idea exchange and diplomacy, and agreed to come to our blogs once a month and share a bit more about ourselves.
We choose a question and all of us have to answer it in our blogs. It will be very interesting to read what each of us has to say, taking in account how much our lives and crafts differ.

This months question is :
how do you celebrate Christmas, what traditions do you have?

Well, the way I celebrate christmas has radically changed since I live here in The Netherlands. You see, Argentina (where I come from) is in the southern hemisphere...which means that christmas happens in...SUMMER! The holidays happen under the warm warm blanket of 35C to 40C. In addition, I grew up living right accross the street from a big, clean river and only 15minutes away from the Atlantic ocean. By mid- december school is out for summer vacations (until March) so this time of the year always means people with little clothes on, spending their days on the beach. Not precisely the same image one gets here considering it is grey, dark and cold. Not very recommended to walk around with little clothes, beach or not. The thermometre has barely come over 1C.
So, back in Argentina, the holidays have always meant family gatherings. Aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers, sisters, grandparents, nephews...and whomever else. When you cross the threshold of 15 people... 20, 21...or 25 is not a big difference. In my house it was always 30 people. My mom and grandma would start at the beginning of December to plan the menu. Cold food, but in epic abundance. Porks would be sent to be roasted at mud-ovens, lamb, chicken, whole cows! salads of every color... the same day of the party my sister and I would spend it filling devil eggs, tomatoes with tuna, pears with rockefort... My father, in charge of beverages, would start "collecting" the alcohol in advance, using the holidays as an excuse to go visit wineries and buy cases upon cases of wine and champagne.
The best linen tablecloths, the best clothes and shoes and jewellery come out for the dinner party on the 24th of December. Dinner in Argentina is ussually at 9.30-10pm and on christmas' eve ussually later. When the clocks mark 12.00hours, children get their presents and we adults...keep drinking. I think we stopped getting presents when we were teenagers. The presents part never had a great importance in my family. It was more like...what do you need? That's the present. And we never really cared that there weren't presents for us. One thing we, girls, did get...was the premonitory pink underpanties: every christmas eve the single girls of the family would get a pair of pink underpanties. Pink marking your innocence (or virginity) and girly demour. On New Year's Eve - for a party much as the one on Christmas eve but with even more grandieur, food and champagne all nnight long- you are supposed wear them and begin the new year with your innocent knickers which will tell the gods and whomever else...that you are there all innocent ready for a man. When you are married, like get nothing. Not even a tanga. Just a drunken husband to drag home.
The last time I spent christmas and New years in Argentina, after the family thing, we left at 3am to have some drinks with friends and then we went out. We walked back home at 7.30am and we went to sleep having previously had a swim in the river accross the street and a bit of breakfast (are we hobbits?).
I know it is too long already but... Christmas in NL. In our case we spent it alone, just the 3 of us eating a rich cheese fondue and lots of chocolate. Since we are very healthy...we pased everything down with a bottle (or two) of a nice white need it to dilute the fat from the cheese and chocolate! There were no gala dresses or things like that. By 8pm we were sitting on the couch getting ready to watch a movie...warm and quiet. Presents are exchanged on sinterklaas day (5/12) as I mentioned before. Some people exchage gifts on both days (and apparently in The Netherlands, crisis and all, people spent even more money than last year on the holidays).

There is first and second christmas day in The Netherlands: 25th and 26th. Nobody really knows what the 26th means... other than just another holiday (there aren't many in this country). And the 31st is the same. At midnight we go out and greet the neighbours, wish them a good year and back in. Too cold to linger outside.
It is quite a change for me. Not only because of the weather. When I call Argentina on these days and I hear everyone gathered, chatter, laughter, music; it does feel a bit lonely just the 3 of us... bu
t c'est la vie.
I would like to wish you all the best for next year. Many of us have started this year this new crafty venture...sometimes with more success than other times, but -at least for me- always learning new things and new people. And that is what I take with me from this year. Hopefully next year will be the same, or even better.
Happy New Year!!!

If you are interested, you can read more Christmas traditions following the links of the other ladies in the Merry-go-round:

Anna, Half and Acre
Andreanna, Glamasaurus
Charlotte, Fancypicnic
Agathe, Le bar du vent
Fabianna, Easterya
Lily, lilypangartanddesign
Ruth, Birdland creations
Sara, Crafts of Texture

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Christmas Greetings!

Christmas Greetings!
Originally uploaded by Marian Florcita

Best Wishes to you all!

Saturday, 20 December 2008

Red Swirls and dots glass bead

Red Swirls and dots glass bead
Originally uploaded by Marian Florcita

Well, I've tried and tried but I can not see any graphics on Etsy, so unfortunately I can not do my "Saturday Shopping list" today. I find it irritating that I can't see pictures, takes for ever to go to my own shop (which means I haven't been able to list anything for a week) if it goes at all... The weirdest thing is that there are many threads on the forum with people saying the same... but there is not answer whatsoever from admin. Hello!!!!

Anyway, here is a collage with some pics of a necklace I made with handfelted beads and one of the glass beads I made some months ago at that one day workshop. I just like the swirls on this one: white, red and transparent glass on top. The white has some streaks of cream and it looks a bit antiek-ish. I will list it later if I manage, or tomorrow!

Have a nice weekend everyone!

Friday, 19 December 2008

Look what I got IV - Easterya

When we did our last group post, the Merry go round of November, I went and read all the posts from the other group members and also visited their shops. A way of catching up! And when I got to Easterya's DaWanda shop I was shocked... so many goodies I hadn't seen! I started by commenting on each item I liked and all of a sudden I realized I wanted half her shop!
I saw something though that I really really liked and I knew my mom would like it as well. A beautiful necklace with 3 golden jade stones mounted with dragonflies and beads ...a beautiful necklace. So I thought, I'm going to order it for Christmas. Fabianne, the artist behind Easterya, had to make it for me so in the meantime we tweaked slightly the design for something I knew my mom would like. Loads of messages went and came from Turkey to The Netherlands...and then finnally, it arrived, the Bermuda Buttercup necklace in my hands...and neck.

It arrived beautifully packed in a little box with red organza and care instructions. A description of the necklace was also added (stones, etc).
Such beautiful craftmanship! so neat and well balanced. Gorgeous. I tried it on -obviously- and I'm afraid to say my mom will not be receiving this necklace for Christmas...this one is staying with me and I will be using it on Christmas night...sorry Mom....

I have to say, not only Fabianne is a very nice person and a gifted artist, but the beautiful creations, quality of stones, customer service, care for packaging, speed in delivery AND the fact that she offers free shipping, means only that I will be visiting her shop again.

Take a's worth your time!

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Collage de fotos del Mercado de navidad

Collage de fotos del Mercado de navidad
Originally uploaded by Marian Florcita

We did go to Aachen and we had a really nice time. Even though it rained the whooooole time and it was only 1C...cold and wet all day. But we walked around, saw lots of great stuff...mostly very good quality hand crafted items. Prices naturally according to the labour and I must say I was surprised to see to many great items and techniques. I really enjoyed it. However, if it had been 10 degrees warmer, it would have been fantastic! :)
We went to a big book store with several floors filled wth books where we got some stuff in spanish and alsp in english (so we both, husband and myself, can read them).
We had good food, and glüh wine, pastries and all those good german delicatessen.
We really timed our homecoming badly and we ended up in the highway at 5pm the same time every person in Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands was leaving work...and people around this area move a lot from country to country for work, so the highway was a sea of car lights. Pretty for a picture (not so good for your nerves or the planet for that matter).
Here is a collage of pictures from yesterday. Click on it for a larger view!

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

On my desk wednesday!

Hello everyone!
I've survived! ahahaaa. Still with a cold but life must go on. I got bored in bed. After a while my head was boiling with ideas of things to do and try, so I got up and went to work.
We are leaving in a few hours to Aachen, in Germany, about 70km from where I live. We love going there everynow and then because it is a beautiful city with lots of history. But also, at this time of the year, one can catch the Christmas market... we are after wooden tree decorations, and that is one german especiality (not to mention the glüh wine as well...).
In the meantime, on my desk yesterday... this lovely hand dyed silk rods I bought a little while ago from a seller in Etsy (whose name and link I would post here if Etsy would let me access my own shop/account/graphics in general...according to the forums, there is a whole lot of us experiencing the same).

I will try something out with them really soon. For now I just take them out and look at them..and think..

I found the card of the artist behind this beautifully hand dyed silk rods. It is larkspurfunnyfarm. Do please visit her shop!

Sunday, 14 December 2008

So when is spring starting again?

So when is spring starting again?
Originally uploaded by Marian Florcita

I'm in bed, bored...and sick. Going through the folders with pictures (trying to organize them...what a task) I found some that I hadn't edited yet, from our trip to France last july.
These are wild flowers -most of them- and i love the colors and the fact that they are let to grow by the side of the road and not cut or fumigated. Lovely.
Have a nice sunday everyone. I'll be back soon.

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

On my desk wednesday!

I spoke too soon... we are all flu-ish here. I would loooove to be able to take this time and just stay in bed, but my 2yr old doesn't seem to agree with my plans. Sick and all he has to come downstairs to play with his new train which, by the way, goes : chooooooochoooochucuchucuchooooooo...all day. Then stops (makes stopping sound), gases up (glugluglu noise from gas being poured in), and starts again. All day long. Why haven't the batteries exhausted themselves already...why!!!!!!!!!

This is on my desk today. Ceramic beads/buttons I made. I just picked them up from the Atelier yesterday qlong with other goodies. I love how they look. Now I have to figure out a use for them... hmmmm

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Snow, red and grey dots

At this very moment it is snowing. Grey and cold all day and now snow. I hope it stays actually. I'm not sure it is cold enought for that, but it would be a change. Even if it's cloudy and grey, snow ...all that white, brights up the day...and invites (more than rain) people to be outdoors playing... at least kids. Moms stay indoors preparing the hot chocolate! :)

My kid has the flu which means that mommy will probably get the flu as well soon. Caring for him, the proximity... ussually means I fall as well... Dad on the other hand, never gets sick...hmmmmmmm
I have an appointment at the hairdressers (we all have in fact, it's a family appointment) but considering Seba's health, I think it will just be me. I neeeeed to give some shape to this mass of hair falling from my head. I'm in the mood for a sorta 50s style. Above the shoulders, falling to one side... mmmhdunno yet. My hair grows so fast that I can afford to have very short hair one month, a bob next and longuish hair soon afterwards (soon, a couple of months, I'm not a freak!).

Anyway, here I leave you with a new necklace. Red and grey dots. I just love the combination of the more calm and sober grey with a touch of passionate, strong red. Some people would say that is my husband's and my description: calm and

Needle and hand felted beads with glass (greyish ones), metallic and acrylic ones (red).

And it keeps snowing...
In the shop later today!

Monday, 8 December 2008


And here we go again. Sinterklaas is over, so at least the first phase of the dutch holidays are behind. I received yesterday a new sewing machine as a present. 0km! Now I really have to learn how to sew! I'm marvelled at all the stitches it has and how light and easy to handle it is! A whole new world! hahaha
I will spend some time today reading all your blogs and getting a bit updated. It's incredible the pace of the internet world. I "neglected" it only for a few days and my bloglines is a bout to explode with unread entries.

For now, I leave you with a new front page on Etsy (thanks for the heads up Charlotte) :

Bottom row, in the middle: Black Magic Necklace

And a new necklace just listed: Winter Night

More pics in the shops!

Have a nice week everyone!

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Sinter and icy wool...

The first sinterklaas celebration day is over. I received beads, an jewellery making books, body lotions, money and a ton of candy! The one that got the best deal here is my little son. the only child in the family, gets everybody's attention...and gifts! I think we are about to own every single lego set in the catalog!

Tonight the second day (for this family is multiple days) and hopefully, more gifts!

I just added yesterday this new necklace to my shop (yes, working in between packing presents). Very simple seed like grey and white handfelted beads.
Icy wool it's called...

In the shop...

Thursday, 4 December 2008


Sinterklaas was a bishop who lived somewhere between the years 200-300 in Myra, a city in then the Bizantine Empire (today Turkey). He was very good to children, always fighting for their rights (one would say today, then was feeding, clothing them, taking them out of prostitution). When he died he was made patron saint of childhood. When the muslims took over what now is Turkey, his remains were taken to Bari, in Italy (he is San Nicola de Bari, pilgrims go there eeeevery year, very famous place).
Now, apparently, when Nicola retired from his bishop career, he moved to Spain. He started then this fashion which goes on until today for every retired person in Europe to move to Spain. When you go to Spain these days you never know whether you are in Sweden, England, Germany, The Netherlands or...indeed Costa Brava or Madrid. Quite surreal, Dali would be proud.
Back then, the character of our story, took a servant or helper whatever you want to call it, Zwarte Piet: Peter the Black or something similar. Some say he was a morish servant.
Anyway, once a year, Sinter and Zwarte Piet sail from Spain to The Netherlands bringing Americo, Sinter's white horse with which Sinter will ride around the kingdom checking that children have been good.
For a month previous to the 5th of December, the actual day of gift exchange, children leave their shoes at night along with a carrot and water for Sinter's horse. In the morning they find in exchange candy, nuts, peanuts, fruits, small gifts. These derives from the middle age's custom of poor people leaving their shoes in churches at this time of the year so the rich people could put a coin in it. The fruits and nuts is a pagan custom. For those who aren't european, you have to understand that in this time of the year, everything looks dead here. Grey, cold, lifeless. Nuts and fruits (apples and pears, the last crops of the Autumn's crops) symbolized more fertile moments... in the dark and middle ages, fruits and nuts were spread on furniture, even the floor as a way of paying tribute to mother earth... and wishing reaaaaally badly the sun came out already so they wouldn't have to freeze their buts anymore and could eat something decent!

So, on the 5th (in NL and ex-colonies /6th in Belgium) Sinter comes and presents are exchanged. You are asigned one family member to whom you have to write a satiric poem about things he/she did during the past year and give a surprise, something funny.

Now, that is sort of the story. How did it go from San Nicolai to Sinterklaas... you know.. fonetics. I can tell you how it went from Sinterklaas to Santa Claus (if you say the first really fast, it kinda sounds like the second).
One upon a time (1600s) New York was New Amsterdam. The place had been populated by dutch immigrats, those running from the religious persecution in this country. There they followed their traditions, among which was...Sinterklaas. American Revolution... the english or new americans (not sure about this) took over New Amsterdam and re named it New York (see how smart this pilgrims...everybody followed the same formula to name their new territories: NEW + city from birth place which they miss like crazy). The english not being able to cope with the difficult dutch fonetics (who can!) called it Santa Claus...

OK.. long enough? There are of course several different versions of all this. This one is the one that kinda matches more historical events and I don't know... I like it better.
In this family we have Sinterklaas a couple of times: Friday with grandma, uncles, cousins, etc... saturday with parents in law, bro in law... sunday I sleep due to headache (try to follow a whole lot of dutch people speakign at the same time). Monday I go to the dentist with tooth pain after tons of candy (because it is all accompanied with candy...marzipan, chocolate, sugar coated nuts... all yum!), tuesday I go to the gym and run for hours in a futile attempt to burn a tenth of all this! :)

Here is Sinter:

And that was all for today class... we will return tomorrow :)

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

On my desk, wednesday

Thanks everyone for letting me know about the etsy mini...or mini etsy. :) Then it is just me or our server. The husband refuses to acknowledge that there might be anything wrong with said server or computer, which means that it is up to me to start touching stuff..pretending I know what I'm doing. Which I don't. That will scare the husband into doing something.

Ok, charms charms. When you are asked to send samples of a certain dimension for a promotional bag (200 of them, although I won't be in each one. I run out of biz cards!), you think...suuuuure. In a month? of course. And then a week before the deadline you think..and now? what am I going to make? Can't make 20 scarfs...20 brooches? 20 necklaces?? mmmh no. So, 20 charms, needlefelted, wet felted, wired and embelished by yours truly. For your bag, cell phone or even as a pendant because I made a nice hook for hanging. By the way, I need proper jewellery making tools because my fingers hurt from pushing wire!

So here: not yet embellished...

All packed and ready to be sent to headquarters in Germany.

And now, to finish attaching a million seed beads to an organza super huge nunofelted shwal/wrap/pashmina. This is for a gift for Sinterklaas.
This post is too long already, tomorrow children, a lesson on germanic traditions: Sinterklaas. Don't say this blog isn't an anthropological gem! So rich in knowledge! :)

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

I'm burried under what seems a million different hand felted balls, beads, wire, papers bags...and I don't know what else.
i'm making charms for the DaWanda World 2009 Promotional bags. I'm a bit late so now I'm rushing while I also work on Sinterklaas things (a sort of Santa version from germanic peoples...comes on the 5th of December with presents).

So, I will be back soon.
I still can't see pictures from Etsy... can you tell me if you see the pictures on the mini Etsy here on the right hand menu?

Will be back soon!

Saturday, 29 November 2008

Saturday's shopping list

Every saturday a bunch of us make a shopping list... we gather a few items from different sellers and show them in our blogs... a bit like sharing our screen/window shopping.
I was ready to do one today but for some reason I've been having some problems with Etsy lately. The pics just don't load. Sometimes I refresh a million times and then it does, but other times, like today...nothing. It is with the only site that I have trouble...weird. i'm trying to solve the problem, but in the meantime do visit Charlotte's blog for the list for all the shopping lists!!

Have a nice weekend!

Friday, 28 November 2008

Merry go Round

Jump on our merry go round and join a group of artists/crafts-women as they link hands around the world and tell you a little about their lives in art a

We are group of 8 women from all over the world
, we have got together in what would constitute an example of peaceful idea exchange and diplomacy, and agreed to come to our blogs once a month and share a bit more about ourselves.
We choose a question and all of us have to answer it in our blogs. It will be very interesting to read what each of us has to say, taking in account how much our lives and crafts differ.

This months question:
How do the different seasons affect your arts and crafts?

Well, the thing is that the change of seasons was never so present in my life, or ever affected my daily life as much as it does now that I live in The Netherlands. In my "previous life" in Argentina, seasons came and go (we do have 4 different seasons, same as here) but either because I was too young and busy with...eerrr... being a teenager? or I don't know why, I really didn't pay much attention to it. Maybe as you get older you become more conscious of how fast time goes by? Don't know. The thing is, even though winters in the south of Argentina (the southern you go, the closer to the southern Pole...brrrr coldest place in the world) can be very cold, freezing temps and's sunny. Most of the time it is sunny. What affects me here is the lack of sun, light (no kidding, I have to take vitamin D supplements!!! never in my life before!).

Autumn I enjoy thoroughly because I love the colors and tastes it brings. And I guess that inspires me a lot. It is also the season where I can work with wool without really feeling like I'm a looney... in summer, it just seems weird to be carrying loads of wool around the house!Too warm! So, autumn is quite an inspirational time of the year, followed by winter which is dark and sad in my opinnion...and also cold, so it forces me to be indoors and that means work work work... I'm a very outdoorsy type of person. I love hiking and taking long walks in the woods... so in spring and summer you will seldom see me inside whilst the sun is shinning outside. I feel like I'm wasting my time if I am sitting inside and outside everything is full of color and light.

The seasons therefore do affect my art and influece also my choice of materials. I tend to do more paper and pencil, ceramics work in spring and summer, and more wool, felt, sewing work in autumn and winter whilst indoors. I suppose because of the context surrounding me, in summer colors are more bright and in winter one tends to work more with browns and greys, black... Nature is indeed inspirational consciously or still runs our lives!

Do please read more from the rest of the girls who take part in this merry go round!

Anna, Half and Acre
Andreanna, Glamasaurus
Charlotte, Fancypicnic
Agathe, Le bar du vent
Fabianna, Easterya
Lily, lilypangartanddesign
Ruth, Birdland creations
Sara, Crafts of Texture

Tuesday, 25 November 2008


Yesterday someone asked me if I had had a good time on friday ...and I swear, it took me a good 5 minutes to remember what I had done on friday, whay was I supposed to have a good time?? what? Friday seemed like a million days away... I think it is a consequence of motherhood this feeling of time passing by faster. Or at least for me, never felt like I didn't have enough hours in a day until I become a mother. Juggling so many balls in the air keeps you busy!
Monday... don't know where it went.

Anyway, thanks everyone for your congrats and feedback on the new site. We are now correcting some errors in all 3 languages and adding slowly more and more things to the shop. It is a very labourious task. In the meantime I do keep working on some stuff... right now, a few corsages mixing organza and hand made felt... and a few beads:
Passionate Red corsage

Working on the names for the rest...

And a red rose...

The first one in the shop now... the rest coming later today...

Friday, 21 November 2008

New Website

And to finish this week, something new...and hopefully entertaining.
Long hours we've spent designing and programming a new Website. The old one that we had we really didn't like but we wanted to have something up and running. It still got a healthy amount of views per day, so it fulfilled its purpose.
Mr Husband has devoted hours and html knowledge in coming up with something, hopefully, decent. I like it (but then again I don't ask for much when it comes to a website...). Website

We have included, besides the links to my DaWanda and Etsy shops, our own Flocita e-shop for all those buyers whom contacted me asking how they could purchase things without having to create an account in said e-commerce sites. Well, here it is now. I still have to list a whole lot of stuff, but hey... we launched it yesterday!

The site is in three languages: spanish, english and dutch. We tried to minimize as much as possible the amount of spelling and grammar mistakes, but you know how it is...after days of staring at the same thing for hours, one sort of stops seeing mistakes. So if you see something...please let me know. feedback is what I ask. I know it works on my computer, with my server and connection speed... yours? is it easy to navigate?? fun??...pretty??? :)
Please let me know...

Thanks and... and let's see who catches the little bird...

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Black magic Necklace

Trying new things here. I sat down with silver wire and a plier anmade all sorts of connector for this new necklace -in black grey and transparent. I added a hanmade (by moi) polymer clay bead... and some other stuff. my shop now.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

On my desk wednesday!

This is on my desk.... wool... just merino... I need to find out what I have and what I don't have. I havea lot of rough non-merino wool... but that is not what I need now.

Tuesday, 18 November 2008


Two more necklaces, lila dew and grey sparkles now in the shop!

I'm working against the clock tryint to get some stuff ready before the week is over... will be bacl soon :)


Monday, 17 November 2008

Monday- Look what I got III

I haven't had time to post these ones before. A few weeks ago I went to Claudia Wendt's shop in Dawanda. I love her beads and lately Im having some sort of lampwork bead fetish and I like them all and I want them all and I want to make things with them... ideas bubbling in my head all the time.
They got here super fast and not just the ones I bought but also a few extra ones!

Silvered ivory. I dont know if you can really see (click on the pic for larger view) but there are all sorts of swirls and greys and silver there on each neat dot. I have some work lined up before I can do something with them, but I can not wait!!!!

This was another purchase like the previous 3 "look what I got" that I made whilst supposedly shopping for christmas presents. Im closer to a bigger stash of beads than being done with holiday shopping (as a matter of fact I still have 5 people to shop for!).

Have a nice monday!

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Shopping List Saturday!

Gray, grey.... what is it? grey or gray?? In the past few days I've had a complete mental freeze up about this word. Im sure I learnt in my english 101 class, a million years ago, that the proper spelling was gray...or grey? hahah can' t remember and it seems to get used indistinctively.

Anyway, gre/ay is all around us. Autumn seems to have finished and now it is the daily grayness of winter. Gray seems to be a very fashionable color right now as well. My friend Reya loves it. It's a great complement color I think, neutral...even chic. I love how red and gray look together...
In honor of this grayness, my shopping list this saturday has 4 gorgeous gray items I would looove to have!

(please, click on the image for a larger view)

Clockwise from top left:

-Silvered white and frosty clear nugget trio, handmade etched lampwork beads from Auroracreations. Absolutely love these beads. I just recently discovered her shop and I love her flat beads... me wants!!!
-Victoria...grey blue earrings from Ambersky. All of her victorian style earrings are just gorgeous. I have marked a couple as favorites and I think santa will bring me at least one...please... :)
-Fall collection- Belle tote with Italy flannel wool in light grey from christystudio. This tote looks so nice and warm! The prime example of grey being a complementing color...imagine this bag with a black outfit..or a touch of red (obviously!). Beautiful!
-Black and gray mug from Jennyblasenpottery. I have all sorts of handmade cups and mugs I've bought in different trips. I just love mugs... and ceramic ones are my favorites. This one is just simple but so pretty. Imagine a nice cup of tea steaming there..waiting for you in this grey winter...

Please do visit the shops. Lots more goodies there.
Hope you have a nice weekend! I'm off to visit friends.

Friday, 14 November 2008

Friday, ceramic buttons

And here are the buttons... I made different shapes: stars, little flowers, square and hearts. These are fun to make, only problem is that since I don't have my own ceramic oven (or kiln) the times depend on the amount of pieces to be fired at the atellier... so, sometimes it takes a while.

The thing with glazing is that it never turns out the same way twice. It has to do with the chemical circumstances inside the oven. Naturally if you put red, you will get red, but the swirls will differ. If you have glazing with minerals or stones in it, you wont get the same thing every time. It adds to its uniqueness if you ask me.
The red glazing is supposed to be like that, edges here and there a bit white.

I love the blue one. I can see it with some creammy shall for instace.

The earthy tones have so many different swirls and spot...lovely. What do you think?

(clicky to make the pic larger)

I'm not sure yet how I will put them in the shop...individually, pairs... there is a limited least until I make some more (which could take a while ...errr... reasons up there).

Friday again... and a weekend packed full again...

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

On my desk wednesday!

More "on my hand, wednesday", just an image:

And listed late yesterday in my shop (see there on the right hand bar): "caramel and dancing stars"

Tuesday, 11 November 2008


I wanted to get this post out earlier but noooo in the morning I had to go with Mr Husband, at his request, to chose his new bike. He bikes everyday to work, around 40km a day. He loves it. There is no obligation, the car is parked outside, I barely use it. But he is trying to avoid traffic jams ( a very ussual thing in NL) and be healthy and green. Good for him... I 'll drink some tea and have some cake in his honor :)
So, the bike has to be... well, a good one. Durable. Resistant. 40km a day is quite a lot. Frankly, I wasn't expecting bikes to be so expensive. Serious... I don't know what was I expecting because...well... I don't ussually search for bikes, but 1500euros...the cheapest one... am I the only one who finds that a bit absurd?? a pair of good (but not the best) biking pants, 70euros... WHAT??? Sometimes I feel either cheap, or too disconnected from the (bike) world out there. Incredible.

I need to sell some stuff to pay for this bike... a kidney maybe? hahaha... no, here is my latest addition to the shop:

I used five silver wires onto which I added hand felted gray beads, seed beads and 4 handmade glass beads in orange, ivory and with details in actual silver!
It's a short necklace. I like it myself a whole lot. I didnt know orange looked so good with is not my first choice color (which one is it?? yes, red...)... but the silver from the beads and the gray wool really look good together.

In the shop now!

I know I promised some ceramic buttons but the external hard disk, where all the pics go first... has dissapeard. I will have to go check in the little one's toys' chest... things seem to end up there... like a Bermuda triangle, all things within a certain radious of the chest, vanishes.

Monday, 10 November 2008


Here we go again, Monday.
Firstly, I would like to apologise for not joining the rest of the "shopping list saturday" people this last saturday. I had quite a hectic weekend with wedding anniversary, 3 birthday parties, dinners and a sick kid (after all that candy!). I will rejoin next week.

Hey! thanks to all the messages left by other sellers in dawanda I found out a pinboard I submitted (theme: RED! obviously) has been rotating on the front page... I managed to get a glimpse today before it changed again:

I don't know if you can read (click on the pic) but it says FLORCITA there :) Good for all the people with red items I had picked before. I never thought my pinboard would get chosen. But now I will submit one once a week and hey, include a friend or two ;) who knows...

And, the girls from LasLopez chose one of my products for a treasury:

Linksee there! one of my flower brooches... if it could only make it to the front page!!! *crossing fingers*

For tomorrow I have: new necklaces, ceramic buttons (squares, stars and hearts! in different colors...) and... some more.

Lastly, I would humbly and publicly like to apologise for any spelling mistakes that this blog might have. I hope they don't become the most important part of what I write and that the idea, at least, is understandable.
English is not my mother language. Spanish is. And I live in the Netherlands, which means that on a daily basis I speak/write/listen to dutch and dialects closer to german than anything else. My head switches constantly from spanish/dutch/dialect/english and back again... all day long. I am bound to make mistakes... spelling or grammatical. So I apologise, but I hope the deeper content of the blog, not semantics and syntaxis, is more important and understood.

Thanks and have a nice monday!

Thursday, 6 November 2008


What else could come from Holland other than tulips??? Well, actually...lots of things...cheese! a matter of fact, I've been living here for 6 years and I haven't seen one tulip field! hahaha maybe because I live in the south and here there are asparagus fields (YUM!) but no tulips... only the ones I have in my garden and every year the mice/moles/neighbours?? steal.

So, I made my own tulips. Warm, woolly tulips.
A new version of the "Sketched flowers" scarf in purples and lilas that I made a while ago (and now is on its way to a very smart girl studying at Princeton),

This new one is just black and white with a few silky strands. It is much longer and in a way sober. There are no beads in this one because I thought that a simple black and white scarf is good for night and day... so here:

Today was a lovely day here. Sunny and very autumny... lovely. I got a chance to use my new creamy/silky scarf. I found my loom (which I brought all the way from Argentina), so I've been busy trying to remember how was it that it works... I love weaving... love the texture...but it takes soooo much time. Measuring and cutting each thread, putting it in the by one... and there are ussually more than 70! Tieing them up, rolling them up and if it all went well... then you start weaving... it takes a whole day for a long scarf.... or maybe I just need to get used to it again. But it explains why ussually they are so expensive.

This was going to be my On my desk wednesday pic, although I spent wednesday preparing a huge order of cards (more on that later!):

That is beautiful creamy yarn (brought from Argentina as well... 100% wool!) and just strands of silk I ussually use for wet felting, this time I weaved them...

Well, tomorrow is friday... and my 6th wedding anniversary... *I hope we get to go out!!! PLEASE!*
So, we'll see you in the weekend!